Board Members

Alan McArthur
Chair

Alan is the current Chair of PanKind, The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. He, like so many, has been witness to the suffering of friends and family due to pancreatic cancer. Commencing his career in Canberra, Alan has held positions as Managing Partner and CEO of some of the largest law firms in Australia and New Zealand. Amongst various other positions, he was Chair of the General Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Prof. Chris Baggoley AO
Deputy Chair

After first completing a degree in Veterinary Science with 1st Class Honours, Prof. Baggoley enrolled in the Flinders postgraduate medical program, deciding that his future lay in human health care. He went on to hold positions as Director of Emergency Medicine at both the Flinders Medical Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital, Chief Medical Officer of South Australia and Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He was Chief Medical Officer of Australia between 2011 and 2016 and contributed to the international response to several global epidemics through his work on the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee. Prof. Baggoley holds Fellowships of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He received an Order of Australia in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for distinguished service to medicine, medical administration and public health care, and to education. He currently sits on 3 boards and resides in South Australia. Chris was diagnosed with, and treated for, pancreatic cancer in 2019.

Luke Dunkerley
Director

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading marketers, Luke Dunkerley began his career as an advertising copywriter at Leo Burnett. In 2002 he became Managing Director of M&C Saatchi Retail, heading up the Woolworths account, where he first worked with Avner. Luke went on to be Managing Director of The Campaign Palace and then STW Communications. In 2007 Luke returned to retail to lead Woolworths supermarkets as their General Manager of Marketing. Luke has been a key and active advisor since inception and joined the Board in May 2015.

Warwick White
Director

Warwick is the Executive Chairman Co Operative Supermarkets of Australia and is the former Managing Director, Australasia for Coca-Cola Amatil. Warwick lost a close friend and mentor to pancreatic cancer in the months after Avner died. This tragedy has driven his passion to improve outcomes for those affected by the disease. Warwick joined the board in February 2012.

Rohan Jeffs
Director

Rohan is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in major listed Australian companies in the areas of corporate and commercial law as well as in senior corporate roles responsible for governance, risk and compliance; human relations; procurement; industrial relations; superannuation; government, media and corporate relations. Within his corporate career, Rohan spent 10 years as General Counsel of an Australian listed oil and gas exploration, production and marketing company and over 20 years at Woolworths Ltd in senior executive roles. Until recently Rohan has held non-executive Directorships with Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited (REST), Super Investment Management Pty Limited and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Rohan is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Ralph Kemmler
Director

Ralph is the Director of Property for Woolworths, a qualified Civil Engineer (Be Civil Hon), winner of the University Medal (University of Technology) with extensive experience in real estate, strategy and leadership. Over the last decade Ralph has also been actively involved in Key Fundraising Organisations such as the Woolworths / Tour de Cure Partnership and the Wish You Were Here team that has trekked Kokoda and Base Camp Everest raising funds, awareness and hope for those with Pancreatic Cancer. Ralph joined the Board in August 2020.

Marissa Rossi
Director

Marissa is a Director of Listed Equities at Future Fund, Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund. Her investment career in equity funds management spans more than 20 years, including extensive experience as a Portfolio Manager, 12 years as UBS’ Head of Research and as Head of Sustainable Investment. Marissa possesses a deep technical understanding of ESG best practice and responsible investing principles. She is a CFA Charterholder, has a B.Com (with Distinction) and LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland. Marissa’s family became involved with the Foundation when her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014. Marissa joined the Board in September 2020.

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Michelle Stewart
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Michelle joined PanKind, The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in August 2019. With a background in medical research funding, foreign investment attraction, digital health and international clinical trials, she has spent many years working across global, transformational projects. Michelle was a key member of the team that transformed the research funding environment for brain cancer from ‘forgotten cancer’ to national health priority in the capacity of Head of Research Strategy and then CEO. Michelle has served on many committees including advisory to Cancer Australia for the Australian Brain Cancer Mission, and was Co-Chair of the Global Patient Advocacy Committee for GBM AGILE. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Advanced Science and Masters of Public Health, both from The University of Sydney. Michelle is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.